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Our History

In 1955 the Minnesota Tool & Die Association was founded by DeWitt Bills of World Aerospace. He gathered a group of peers whose mission it was to "elevate the contract manufacturing industry in Minnesota to a high level of endeavor and accomplishment for the mutual benefit of all concerned."


Our Initiatives and Vision

Today, we continue to seek new ways to accomplish that mission for the benefit of our members and our industry. Workforce development is the foundation of MPMA's 2018-19 Strategic Plan, which was updated, developed, and approved by the Board of Directors in September 2018. The following are the three strategic pillars of the MPMA:

  • Advocacy and Government Relations:   To be the leading voice for Minnesota‚Äôs precision manufacturing industry, through our advocacy, to strengthen the skilled workforce.
  • Career Pathways and Opportunities:  To develop and coordinate integrated and progressive pathway activities within manufacturing for parents, students, and educators from elementary school to post high school.
  • Workforce Training (Incumbent Skills):  Provide training support for the machinists, emerging leaders, and owners of MPMA member companies.

We are committing to "drive success in Minnesota precision manufacturing by strengthening the skilled workforce," by being a leader in the conversations surrounding workforce development, legislative changes that impact manufacturers, with other associations to have a positive impact on the image and importance of manufacturing, and by improving business for our members by being a resource for workforce training .

To view more information about the 2018-19 Strategic Plan, click here.


Our Membership

MPMA is 300+ member companies strong, consisting of:

  • Precision and advanced manufacturing companies
  • Associate member companies who support areas such as steel, industrial supply, machine tool dealers, heat treaters, platers, etc.
  • Affiliate member companies who provide financial, banking, insurance, and consultant services
  • Schools, colleges, and universities

As we continue to serve the precision manufacturing industry in Minnesota, MPMA invites you to become an active member. Help us create the next 60 years of growth and success for our association and the manufacturing industry in Minnesota.


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